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Germany offers France recon jets, frigate for IS fight

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (R) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrive for a press conference on November 26, 2015 at the lower house of German parliament (Bundestag) in BerlinGermany on Thursday offered France Tornado reconnaissance jets, a naval frigate, aerial refuelling and satellite images to back the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group. “France was struck to the bone by the horrific attacks by the IS but we know that this inhumane rage can hit us or other societies at any time too,” said Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, announcing the support. The offer will have to be formally approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet and supported by parliament, where Merkel’s “grand coalition” has an overwhelming majority.

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